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welcome to our viewers on public television in america and elsewhere around the globe. in libya, the american ambassador and three others left dead, with secretary of state hillary clinton giving her testimony to lawmakers. appearing at two separate hearings, she took full responsibility for the missteps of the department leading up to the assault, but she also hit back at the demonstrations critics. we have a report. >> finally on capitol hill for a public hearing four months after the benghazi attacks. the much-awaited appearance delayed by a month long illness. after four years as secretary of state, her first testifying. >> we have respect for the hard work you have put forth over the last four years. we all appreciate the
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transparency with which you keep -- talk to all of us. >> but the situation in benghazi left a shadow on the work. it was at times an emotional hearing. >> i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters, and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> then there was time for tough questions and equally tough answers. for months, republicans have accused the administration of trying to say it was an attack by al qaeda militants. >> there was supposedly protests, and the assaults sprang out of that, and that was ascertained that was not the fact. people could have known that within days, and they did not know that. >> with all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead americans. was it because of protests or
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because of guys outside for a walk one night he decided they wanted to kill some americans. >> she will be stepping down as secretary of state at the end of the month. two hearings, almost six hours of questions and answers. it is not clear whether mrs. clinton managed to it convince those in congress and the critics that her department and the white house did not mislead the public and did everything they could in the moment. the situation about benghazi is likely to continue. secretary of state hillary clinton will not have to answer more questions about benghazi, but they may come up again in the next chapter of her career. bbc news, washington. >> i spoke a brief time ago with a democratic senator who sits on the foreign relations committee and chairs a committee for african affairs.
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he joins us from capitol hill. canyon now admit that the state department missed warning sides in the run-up to the benghazi attack? >> today's hearing by the senate foreign relations committee, where secretary clinton appeared, was an opportunity for her to take full responsibility for the tragic events in benghazi, where four americans were killed. it was a broad hearing, and i thought her answers were forthright, responsible, and gave her an opportunity to demonstrate convincingly the strong actions she took in the days after that september 11 attack to make sure the appropriate actions are taken in the state department to make sure that events like this do not happen again. obviously, there were critics to were not satisfied, but i am satisfied that a thorough search investigation was done, and the accountability. they have delivered meaningful recommendations that
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accountability has been delivered within the department and that real steps are being taken to ensure security improves at american consulates and embassies around the world. >> the secretary of state did not see requests for increased security at vulnerable diplomatic outposts? >> welcome one of the things secretary clinton has done is create new position directly responsible for pulling together different threads of intelligence, a different assessments of threats, to focus the resources of the state department in the future on high threat locations, like benghazi. i think she has taken responsible action in response to the criticism related to the attack in benghazi. >> a spread of militants in africa. >> the arab revolution has scrambled power and dynamics and shattered security forces across the region. instability in mali has created
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an expanding safe haven for terrorists, who seek to spread their inference and the kinds of attacks we saw just last week in algeria. >> you were going there one week ago but could not go because it was too dangerous. what about al qaeda in the region? >> at a hearing that i chaired on december 5 about the security situation there, we heard from the defense department, from african policy experts, and remotely, from mali about the need for the united states to lead an effort that will restore security and the territorial integrity of mali but also to make sure that we move towards free and fair elections so that there is a legitimate post couey election area -- post-coup government.
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we have got a short-term challenge in restoring their security. the french, i think, in partnership with the military, are doing a great job. there are longer-term challenges, restoring things. this is what led to the rebellion and the coup in the first place. >> do you think they should be deploying drones? >> we have used drones against al qaeda in pakistan, afghanistan, and other places in the world. i think it is incumbent on us in the senate to make sure we have a framework for when and how we're going to approve the use of drones. i do think they are an important tool in our toolkit to fight back against islamic extremists and to take action against folks who have demonstrated to be a real threat to the united states and our regional allies. >> thank you very much for joining us from capitol hill
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tonight. >> thank you. >> in other news now, senior officials say that leon panetta, the defense secretary, decided to lift a ban about women in combat. it will make available hundreds of thousands of jobs. women are part of the active military personnel in america. and a suicide bombing at a mosque at the capital of baghdad. explosives inside the mosque south of kirkuk. a funeral was taking place at the time of the attack. russia says it is not planning large-scale evacuation of its citizens from syria despite the crisis there. many were flown back to moscow on monday.
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there are tens of thousands of russian citizens in syria. it is said that not all of them were accounted for. and glaciers in the indies have shrunk by about 40%. many in the south american region could melt away altogether. researchers blamed a rise in temperature for what they call an unprecedented retreat. now come to israel, where talks are already underway about building a new coalition government. put they's ballot alliance led by benjamin netanyahu -- and left him in a substantially weaker position. there is a young, centrist party. we have this report from jerusalem. >> thrusting himself and his
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centrist party onto center stage. after a long night, about his probable role in the coalition government, a potential newcomer, he told the bbc before the election exactly what he stands for. >> somebody has to be the voice of the middle class. there is a dispute with the palestinians. we came into the political arena to become that voice. >> benjamin netanyahu is expected to bring him into a new, broad government. the government was weakened by yesterday's vote, but net non remains prime minister. he is being urged to put together as broad coalition as possible, reflecting the day-to- day concerns of the secular is really is. perhaps, some of the ultra- orthodox religious parties and
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recent governments. after nationwide protests last year, the high cost of living in israel, it was a major issue in this election. >> some of the reason they have lost power is the economic situation in israel. there is what happened here last summer. you may see a bit of a change. if you look in the diplomatic area. unfortunately, it is my opinion -- i am optimistic. >> this will concern the israeli allies who have already warned that time is running out for peace with the palestinians. this man says he is keen to have talks, but there is little expectation of progress on the ground. is really politics are always complicated. religious parties will fight any attempt to exclude them from government, but a coalition that
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is too ideologically why it could also prove unworkable. bbc news, jerusalem. >> for more on the results in israel, i am joined with -- but a man he served in the middle east and is a special assistant to president obama. he currently is a counselor at the washington institute. how weekend is he by these results? >> he is certainly in a different place than he was before the election. this is not going to be a simple negotiation. he faces a reality that there is a very strong, nelson dressed presents reflected in this election, and he has a right wing base of his own, which in many ways is even to the right of where he is, so how does he reconcile that? how does he reconcile what is highly secular and that which is religious? there is the israeli mainstream
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that makes it very clear even more than the social and economic issues, what they want is to share the burden. this is the idea that everyone in response but -- everyone in israel has to share responsibility. there was resentment for those who do not serve in the military. >> it was about domestic issues. >> it was very much about domestic issues, but i think it is a mistake to think it was only about domestic issues. looking at the back room of the party and the system, there is someone who did not make the list, and others who did not make the list. those who made the list were actually against the two-state solution. you began to have a reality that many in israel thought this was crazy. they do not represent the mainstream of the country, so i think there was a reaction and also concern that the far right was going to come to dominate the israeli politics, and it was going to produce much greater
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isolationism for israel internationally. >> what impact will this have on the peace process with the palestinians? >> i think it will create more space to do something. we have a saying that it takes two to tango. the president is going to have to decide if he is prepared to negotiate with the israeli government or not. up until now, i think for a lot of reasons, that president has not, questioning whether or not benjamin netanyahu would do a deal. he is prime minister, but he is going to be presiding over a government that is likely to be much broader base than the one that was there before, so the question will be limited government, probably with new guidelines for that government, possibly also related to negotiations with the palestinians. i think that is an important question. >> at the white house now. do you see this as an opportunity to put pressure on
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benjamin netanyahu, for example? >> i think, first of all, you have to see the government forms, and it will take some time. as i said, this is complicated, given the diversity of the parties, so i think once you see what the government is going to do, you have discussions with that government to see what they are prepared to do, and then you go to the palestinians to see what they are prepared to do. i think that is the focal point. but i think there is a larger issue at play that has to be addressed, and the mainstream in israel, even the centrists, they do not believe that they are committed. the mainstream among the palestinians do not believe that the israelis are committed to a two-state outcome. one thing the united states can do in a very helpful way is focus on what each side can do that could demonstrate their commitment is real. that could be a focus and an agenda of the discussions. >> shifting to the center.
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do you think they were partly punishing mr. netanyahu over his rhetoric of >> i do not think so much that, but i do think they reflect a position in israel that if israel is going to act against iran, they should do so either in concert with the united states or at least not in opposition to the u.s. position. i think that is what the mainstream in israel very much feels. while iran will remain a central issue, i also think the approach israel will take will be a little bit different than what we saw last year. >> there will not be another election there for too long. do you think that is likely? >> i think that depends. if benjamin netanyahu is only able to put together a very narrow government, that will not last long. even that will have disparate elements and it -- in it, and if he is able to put forward a
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broad-based government, i think it could last longer. >> thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> you are watching "bbc world news america." should they stay, or should they go? choosing whether they want to belong to the european union. the pakistan's supreme court is holding an inquiry into the death of an official who was investigating corruption allegations against the prime minister. after being found dead last week. a report. >> the funeral of the investigator who was probing corruption allegations against the prime minister of pakistan. almost one week on, the key question remains unanswered. did he take his own life, or was he murdered? the 31-year-old official was found hanging last friday, three
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days after the supreme court ordered the prime minister to admit he was under pressure. police say it looks like suicide, but they are not ruling out foul play. outside the court today, his brother-in-law said in his body was proof of murder. >> we some marks on the left and right shoulder, he said. there was a cut on the forearm, and there were marks on his back. it seems he was trying to flee. we believe he was killed. >> the family is looking to the supreme court for answers and for justice. the government has already established a judicial commission to look into his death. a report is due in about 10 days or so. many here wonder if whenever it
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may be will actually come out. so the supreme court has now ordered its own investigation into the death of the official, saying there were widespread concerns that the inquiry would not be free and fair. bbc news, islamabad. >> now, to london, where the british prime minister, david cameron, talks about a choice about whether to leave the european union if his party wins the next election. it will be the first time in nearly 40 years for the british people to say whether they want to be in the eu or out. some were quick to criticize the move, saying it could block future risk. our correspondent reports. >> it had been a long time coming, but at last, david cameron delivered his speech on
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europe. he began with a repeat of what has gone wrong. the ever closer eu integration, a more flexible approach from what is required. >> if we do not address these challenges, the danger is that europe will fail, and the british people will drift toward the exit. i do not want that to happen. i want the european union to be a success, and i want the relationship between britain and the european union that keeps us in it. >> the prime minister said the main problem with the growing gap between the european union and those is the there was resentment about rules and regulations. >> countries are different. they make different choices. we cannot harmonize everything. >> the solution, he said, was to try to claw back some power from the eu, and then when that was done, put it to the people.
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>> when we negotiate that new settlements, we will give the british people a new referendum with a very simple in or out choice, to stay in the european union on these new terms or to come out altogether. it will be an in-out referendum. >> but senior european politicians were arguing that heard -- his tactics were misguided. >> we share the vision of a better europe. we need a new commitment to the principle. not all and everything must be settled by brussels and in brussels. we do differentiate, but cherry picking is not an option. >> they say the speech is a huge gamble. there is his own conservative party.
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negotiating membership will be a tough task. bbc news, westminster. >> they may get a chance to vote on europe, in or out. prince harry has flown back for duty in afghanistan. he left on a regular personal flight, but he has been criticized by some that he took the enemy of the game and that soldiers have to take it like to say they live. our correspondent has more. >> an raf plane with a will on board. harry felt that he was one of them come able to forget his destiny. not anymore. he was reflective about his life. >> we have been doing about the
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last 4.5 months, there is nothing new. a seven-year-old girl got shot down by insurgents. it is a very, very ambiguous thing, if you know what i mean. >> 20 weeks in afghanistan, he served his country and his grandmother, not on the ground but 2,000 feet up, with an apache helicopter. his job is to protect troops down below and if necessary, to kill taliban fighters. talking about taking people out of the game has angered some. >> you get asked to do things that you would expect to do wearing this uniform. >> for now, prince harry will continue to juggle three things. being in the army, a senior oil, and someone who works hard and plays hard.
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bbc news. >> prince harry back from afghanistan. and a reminder of our top stories tonight. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has told a congressional hearing that the attack in benghazi that killed an american ambassador last year did not happen in a vacuum. she said it followed the scattering of security forces across the area. she says she took responsibility for the attack. well, that brings today's broadcast to a close. you can continue watching bbc world news for constant updates around the world on our 24-hour news network. look for our channel number. and to reach me and the rest of our bbc team, simply go to twitter. for all of us here at "world news america," thanks for watching.
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